Genomind Blog

  • Royals Launch Mental Health Film Series with Heads Together Campaign

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched a campaign called Heads Together to open up conversations around mental health and help end stigma. Now, they are launching a 10-part film series showcasing the perspectives of different individuals and discussing their mental health was life-changing. The #oktosay films feature a variety of people–including parents, musicians, and actors–talking about how acknowledging their

  • Exploring Genetic Causes of Autism

    April is Autism Awareness Month, when people and organizations across the world strive to raise awareness about the condition. In recognition of this month, one of our co-founders, Dr. Jay Lombard, explores the genetic causes of autism. Autism is a complex developmental disorder believed to be based on a number of genetic factors, but so far scientists haven’t identified the

  • UK Teens Are Struggling With Mental Illness, But Teachers Lack Skills to Help

    Rates of anxiety and depression have increased by 70 percent in the past 25 years among teenagers in the United Kingdom, according to stem4. A large number of teenagers say they experience “emotional distress” and don’t have teachers with the skills to help them with their mental health issues. In a survey conducted by stem4 of 500 secondary school students,

  • Dealing with Depression at College

    By a patient tested with the Genecept Assay  (The author of this piece prefers to remain anonymous) Mental health is something I’ve had to learn a lot about because of the challenges I’ve faced. I was diagnosed with major depression in my late teens, and more than a decade later took a medical leave from my graduate dual degree program

  • Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of 'Sesame Street'

    The classic children’s television show Sesame Street will be introducing a new character on the air for the first time in a decade. Her name is Julia – she’s a shy 4-year-old who likes to paint, pick flowers, and play with her friends. Julia also has autism. When presenting Julia on the show, other Muppets will help explain her differences and

  • Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy Discuss the Weight of Mental Illness

    What do Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy have in common? They both have been personally affected by mental illness, and they’ve been advocating for better mental health awareness and treatment. For Close, the catalyst was when her sister came to her and said, “I need your help because I can’t stop thinking about killing myself.” Her sister wasn’t properly diagnosed

  • Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About Her Postpartum Depression

    Chrissy Teigen is a model, best-selling cookbook author, TV host and the wife of musician John Legend. She admits she’s an “open book,” but there is one thing she didn’t share publicly until recently – that after giving birth to her daughter, she developed postpartum depression. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, about one in nine women are

  • Exploring Types of Bipolar Disorder

    While bipolar disorder is less well-known than other mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression, it affects a significant number of people across the country and the world. About 5.7 million American adults, or 2.6% of the population, suffer from the disorder in any given year. Beyond the more general information available about bipolar disorder, it’s important to understand the

  • Mental Illness and Heart Disease Are Often Found in the Same Patients

    Mental illness and heart disease are both conditions that affect millions of people in the United States in a given year, but what else do the two have in common? Studies have found that between 17 and 44 percent of patients with coronary artery disease also have major depression. The American Heart Association states that people hospitalized for a heart

  • How Depression Affects Today’s Teen Girls

    According to a recently published study in the journal of Pediatrics, teenage girls in the U.S. may be experiencing more major depressive episodes than boys their age. Scientists have noticed a big jump in the number of teens affected by depressive episodes after 2011, inferring that the rising dependence on social media by this age group may play a role